Hamilton: Mercedes ‘still the best team’


Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes have demonstrated that they are still the team to beat this season despite Ferrari's resurgence.

After a dominant win at Silverstone, the Brit heads to Hungary just one point behind World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, while Mercedes are 55 points clear of the Scuderia in the Constructors' Championship.

"I think we're still showing that we are the best team," said Hamilton.

"It's been great work by the team collectively – and we've not even brought many updates to the car. The last race we didn't bring an update, so we've just been able to exploit it more and learn about the car.

"It still remains quite close. We've mostly had the upper hand in qualifying. If you look at the qualifying stats we've had that gap and then the race gets a little bit closer and it's been a bit more scattered through the 10 races.

"But we've definitely managed to understand the car better, understand the tyres better and really start to utilise the car in its happy envelope."

Vettel, though, is not worried about Ferrari's recent struggles and is confident he can get back to winning ways at a tight and twisty Hungaroring.

"I'm not stressing too much," Vettel said. "On paper, it should be a good race for us. I like the track, we know we have to do. The fact that it's the last race before the summer break doesn't change anything.

"I'm feeling positive. We know the car is strong. We know we can fight for the victory."